It’s time to start a workout routine and get that body toned up as the holidays are almost upon us! The next couple of months will be filled with parties and gatherings, be it a simple festive dinner with friends and family, the office holiday party, a black and white ball, the new year count down, etc.
What do all these events have in common? You need to dress up and fit into your favorite outfits. We all want to look our best in our go-to party outfits and thus the need for some quick and simple fat burning exercises.
Getting fit involves a combination of cardio and strength training exercises. Here, we have compiled a few simple fat burning workouts that you can do in the comfort of your home.
1. Jumping Rope
Jumping ropes are a great addition to your workout that will easily get your heart rate up. This exercise can be done from home or in the gym. Studies show that it’s a great substitute to jogging, especially if you are looking to burn fat but aren’t a big fan of running.
Additionally, this exercise training works for different muscle groups simultaneously. A simple 20-minute workout session can help you lose calories, strengthen your shoulders, arms, legs, gluts, and build flexibility in your thighs and hips.
The best part about jumping rope is that you only require a rope, a small space in your yard and as little as 10-20 minutes out of your day to achieve impressive results.
Most of us struggle with the dreaded belly fat and maintaining a flat stomach can deem difficult. Introducing planks into your routine can be highly beneficial. Planks are simple to do and very effective. They are a sure way of strengthening your core and toning your abs to give you that beach-ready body!
Your body should form a straight line from the crown of your head to your feet, with your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle, your forearms lying flat on the floor, and your toes supporting your body lower body. Make sure your alignment is correct – your body should be in a straight line from head to toe when you are in the plank position.
Hold the plank position for 5 seconds, 10 seconds, and continue increasing the intervals and sets as your core strengthens. Allocate a mere 5-10 minutes in the morning and an additional 5 minutes in the evening. A daily plank exercise routine will go a long way in helping you lose belly fat and trim your midsection.
3. Step Aerobics
Step aerobics are engaging, fun, and yet another way to burn fat and help you keep fit. The best part about step aerobics is the choreographed rhythm that goes along with the routine. The choreography executed during the routines makes the exercise a great way to burn fat for anyone who finds jogging, or other forms of cardio workouts boring.
All you need is a simple step, about 4 inches high. Next, download a beginner step aerobics guide and continue to mix it up with other tutorials once you get the hang of your beginner routine.
If you enjoy dancing and are looking to sweat and get a good workout in, then step aerobic is for you.
4. Abdominal Crunches
Abdominal crunches are a true classic when it comes to exercises that target the midsection. Consider mixing in abdominal crunches with your cardio for faster results. These types of crunches not only work at strengthening your core but they also aid in trimming and toning your midsection.
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet firmly on the floor. You can opt to cross your arms at your chest to avoid pulling on your neck.
Next, inhale to contract your abdominal muscles and lift your shoulder blades about two inches off the ground. Exhale as you come up, making sure to keep your neck straight and your chin up. Hold the pose for 5 seconds and slowly go back down. Repeat the process for 10 minutes in the morning and an additional 10 minutes in the evening.
Note: Ease into this pose slowly as exerting too much pressure on your core can lead to back pains. Remember to keep proper posture and breath during your workout.
The greatest thing about lunges is that they target muscle groups in your legs that are often ignored by other workouts. Lunges are a form of strength training and they keep the body metabolically active, which aids in calorie burning. You can make your lunges more challenging by holding dumbbells.
To make a proper lunge, keep your back straight, push your shoulders back, and lift your chin up. Step forward with one leg and lower both hips until both legs are at a 90-degree angle.
NOTE: Your knee should not touch the floor. Hold the position for 5-10 seconds, push back with your heels to the starting position, switch legs, and repeat.
The workouts mentioned above might seem daunting at first, but after a few rounds, your body will adjust accordingly. Our poses can help with weight loss, increase your energy levels, aid in strengthening your muscles and bones, and even improve your skin health!
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